Tag Archives: life rafts

Small commercial fishing boats need life rafts this month

Fishermen in Southeast Alaska (and Nation Wide) are learning about new safety requirements for life rafts that take effect later this month. The changes are included in past Coast Guard re-authorization bills and will mean smaller fishing boats will have to have a life raft to go three miles offshore. Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel examiners were in Petersburg this month offering free dockside exams for boats getting ready to go out in a variety of fisheries this month and next. The examiners held a question and answer session to brief fishermen on new requirements and spent a good part of their time answering questions about the new life raft requirement for smaller fishing boats. Read the rest here 09:36

New U.S. Coast Guard Safety Regs For Life Rafts

uscg logoBy the end of next month there will be new Coast Guard safety regulations for the use of flotation devices on all sea vessels. Smaller passenger vessels will no longer be able to use life rings and other flotation devices as the only form of survival gear, but instead equipped their boat with a life raft to assure that in the case of a vessel sinking, every passenger is safely out of water. Scott Wilwert is the Coast Guard Fishing Safety Coordinator in Juneau.On February 26 2016 survival craft requirements for commercial fishing vessels as well,,, Audio, Read the rest here 16:46

Massachusetts Fishing Partnership – Safety training for SouthCoast fishermen an eye-opener

img-logo-fpssThirty-three fishermen and SMAST students and staff tried out, for the first time for many of them, fire extinguishers, flares, bailout pumps, life rafts and survival suits — all at no charge to them. With thanks to the  Massachusetts Fishing Partnership. Read more here 09:17